Sunday, June 1, 2008

Temple of Heaven

The second stop on our itinerary today was the Temple of Heaven.  This was where the emperor went to worship to heaven three times a year.  The first time was in the spring to pray for rain.  The second was in the fall to pray for a good harvest.  The last time was on the winter solstice to pray for the end of winter. 



It is again a very impressive and beautiful building surrounded by a large garden.  Many people come to socialize, play, and just admire the beauty.  While walking in the gardens, we saw people doing Taiji, ballroom dancing, and kite flying.  There was even a group of retired people that frequently meet to sing.  The picture below shows a man playing a traditional Chinese musical instrument, the Erhu.


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